The Renault Zoe has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a production electric car, completing 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy, France for a total distance of 1,618 km, thereby besting the former record of 1,280 km by 25%.
In setting the record, two ZOEs set out on the speed ring at the Aubevoye technical centre (CTA) in Normandy earlier this month. Fifteen drivers from Aubevoye, Cléon, Sandouville, Flins, Douai and Grand Couronne took turns behind the wheel, driving and charging as necessary. Twenty-four hours later, the two EVs crossed the finishing line, achieving 1,618 km and 1,506 km respectively.
The record wouldn’t have been possible without the company’s patented Caméléon charger, a world-first system that makes ZOE compatible with any socket and any power level. The car – with a NEDC range of 210 km and a real world operating range of between 100 and 150 km, depending on conditions of use – was therefore able to be fast-charged at 43 kW, regaining 80% of battery capacity in under 30 minutes. If you’re counting, the record-setting ZOE was fast-charged 18 times in 24 hours.